Pakistan: 12 million people affected by monsoon floods

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August 6, 2010 18:41

 
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SUKKUR, Pakistan — Stormy weather grounded helicopters carrying emergency supplies to Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest Friday as authorities said 12 million people had been affected and 650,000 houses destroyed in the disaster.

US military personnel waiting to fly Chinooks to stranded communities in the upper reaches of the hard-hit Swat Valley were frustrated by the storms, which dumped more rain on a region where many thousands are living in tents or crammed into public buildings.

Over the last week, floods triggered by monsoon rains have spread from the northwest down Pakistan, killing around 1,500 people.

Some 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are rebuilding bridges, delivering food and setting up relief camps in the Northwest.

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